This week I learned a valuable lesson; do not to travel with CO2 alone.
Week #12 Highlights
- I took my first ever selfie; see image above.
- Getting 3 flats in one week really sucks
- Rainy weather had me switching workouts
I’m late writing this week’s journal, so I’m keeping it short since I forgot most of last week’s adventures in lycra.
On Wednesday while riding the VA Capital Trail I got a flat. I pulled to the side of the trail, removed the tube and installed my spare which I keep in my XLAB mini cage pod. I did so after running my hands and fingers all around the inside of the tire looking for debris. I found a shiny piece of brass looking metal on the outside of the tire but nothing on the inside. I attached my first CO2 cartridge to the tube and inflated the tire. It immediately went flat. So now I’m sitting there with two flat tubes and one CO2 cartridge.
I took out the new tube that was flat and tried to find the hole since I also carry Slime Skabs Pre-glued patches. For the life of me I couldn’t find the whole.So I reinstalled the new tube thinking I made the air escape taking the CO2 off of the stem. Nope, it went flat again and now I have nothing but my very own hot air. Unfortunately, I’m not able to infalte a bicycle tire with it…
Mind you I was on the heavily trafficked VA Capital Trail. I will say that most riders asked if I needed assistance but almost half of them never stopped or asked if I needed assistance.
But then, along came a guy named Rick. He gave me his spare tube and had a manual pump that I used to get the tire inflated. Thanks Rick, I appreciate your help. Had you not stopped I was about to call AAA. For those that don’t know, AAA now has bicycle assistance.
Rick’s tube got me home. It also got me through my ride on Thursday. On Saturday before my ride I inspected my bike and had another flat on the rear. This time when I removed the tire I turned it inside out where I got my flat and found another piece of shiny brass metal embedded into the tire. I couldn’t see it on the outside of the tire and couldn’t feel it running my fingers over the area inside the tire. But trying to turn it inside out revealed it. 3 flats in one week. I hope I’m done!
April 18, 2016 – Easy Ride
|Avg Speed||18.0 mi/h|
April 19, 2016 – Steady Ride w/Pickups
|Avg Speed||19.0 mi/h|
April 20, 2016 – Threshold/5:00 Segments
Ride cut short due to flat tire!
|Avg Speed||17.7 mi/h|
April 21, 2016 – Easy Recovery Ride
|Avg Speed||18.8 mi/h|
Due to the rainy weather, I rode my Sunday ride (recovery ride) on Saturday and performed my long ride on Sunday.
April 23, 2016 – Long Ride
|Avg Speed||17.6 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||164 W|
|Elev Gain||2,024 ft|
April 24, 2016 – Long Ride
This is now my longest ride to date.
|Avg Speed||18.4 mi/h|
|Avg Watts||155 W|
|Elev Gain||1,486 ft|